Located on a scenic mountain foot to the northwest of the Iranian capital, the Science and Research Branch of the Islamic Azad University has over 50,000 students studying in 600+ undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Science and Research Branch is an independent, comprehensive branch of IAU that was founded in November 1985 with the primary strategy of providing post-graduate studies and training the required academic staff for IAU. Today, IAU-SRB is home to a dozen various Faculties, several Research Centers, a colossal library, and many world-class laboratories. Some 1000 full-time, part-time, and visiting faculty members are engaged in instructing the courses and conducting research projects.

IAU president is the chancellor of IAU-SRB ex officio, and he appoints an acting president to lead the university in his lieu. At the moment, Dr. Reza Masoudi is IAU-SRB’s Acting President.